Best aluminium road bikes 2024 ridden and rated

Lighter than steel, cheaper than any other frameset material - and now with ride-smoothing wide tyres - there's little wonder why aluminium bikes are surging in popularity

Alloy bikes
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It was 1998 and under Marco Pantani that an aluminium bike (the Bianchi Mega Pro XL) last won the Tour de France. Since then, carbon fibre has ruled the roost at the pinnacle of the sport - and become an aspirational material that’s almost a byword for performance. From framesets to wheelsets, bottle cages to bar-end plugs, those resin soaked sheet have permeated through all of cycling.

But now, after a quarter of a century, we are seeing something of an epochal shift. As several factors have coalesced - and result has been the crystallisation of a new paradigm.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg